Goveton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2DS
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Goveton, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 2DS
In South Devon is Buckland Tout-Saints, a gorgeous country house hotel that is the perfect secret escape far from the hustle and bustle. The authentic charm and traditional style are what characterise this 17th Century luxury building.
What makes a stay at Buckland Tout-Saints unique?
Located in the centre of the South Devon countryside is Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, it sits on the outskirts of Kingsbridge and is close to the sailing town of Salcombe, the historic town of Dartmouth and the medieval town of Totnes. Dog-Friendly Hotel Dogs are welcome to stay at Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel and there are gorgeous countryside and coastal walks on the doorstep to wear out the four-legged friend.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Buckland Tout-Saints?
Buckland Tout-Saints houses 16 individually designed bedrooms that cater for an array of tastes, from contemporary accommodation to authentic luxury. The original 8 bedrooms and 2 larger suites adopt the traditional country house style which means, for many, a four-poster bed proudly centres the room. Since then, 6 bedrooms have been developed, all with a striking, modern decor.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Kingsbridge area?
The area of Kingsbridge is the focal point of the surrounding luscious, rich countryside; it is within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and sits on its own estuary, therefore making it undeniably popular for walking and sailing. The town manages a comforting balance between tourism and tranquillity which only compliments its charming atmosphere.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Food at Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel Head Chef Dan Tee enthusiasm and hunger for perfection come across in his menus. Dan Tee is the Head Chef of this proud 2 AA Rosette restaurant; his enthusiasm and hunger for perfection are channelled daily into his food. The kitchen team follow in Dan's footsteps by maintaining his ethos of using the freshest, most local ingredients possible in order to design top quality mouth-watering dishes for a unique and unforgettable fine dining experience.
Buckland Tout-Saints also has a Wedding Venue:
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"In the middle of Devon -and seemingly nowhere near anywhere- stands Buckland-tout-Saints. Since 1956 it has been a hotel but was for centuries the manor house dominating this beautiful but remote part of Britain. The current house dates from the middle of the seventeenth century. It’s a sturdy but elegant seventeenth century structure, considerably taller at the back, where it faces down a valley, than at the front.
Among its many owners were the Brunskill family who bought the manor at auction in 1855. If you walk up to the small church of St Peter, you’ll find stained glass windows that Mrs Brunskill installed to commemorate her husband and two of her sons who predeceased her. You’ll also find a memorial erected to her one remaining son Hubert, who inherited Buckland-tout-Saints in 1896. Hubert enjoyed living the life of a lord of the manor in the company of his not entirely likeable wife Hilda. Local men were expected to doff their caps to the Brunskills and local women curtsey. Hubert also demolished some local cottages because they made the road too narrow for his fleet of vehicles. Not surprisingly, the locals weren’t too sorry when Hubert found Buckland-tout-Saints too expensive to keep up after World War I. After visiting St Peter’s Church there’s an easy walk across fields following Public Footpath signage. This will take you in a circuitous route as far as Goveton, the village that was the furthest point of the Buckland estate in the days before Hubert Brunskill sold off parcels of land to finance his retirement in 1921.
Back at the hotel there is dinner in the Queen Anne Dining Room and a drink in the bar. The bar was originally Hubert Brunskill’s smoking room. He lined it with pew panelling that had been stripped out of St Martin’s Church, Carfax in Oxford. The church was demolished in 1896, the same year that Hubert married Hilda. The Carfax Bar has the look of a den where Victorian gents chortled over things the ladies weren’t supposed to hear, and if you take the door marked Gents, you’ll come across delightfully Victorian WCs, including one with an iron cistern labelled the “Speedwell” by its London manufacturer.
When dining in the Queen Anne Room do look at the portraits in oils of rather serious-looking mid-Victorians (thought to be former owners of Buckland-tout-Saints). They had been hidden behind the panels of Russian pine that line the walls of the dining room. Why they were hidden rather than removed by the next owners is unknown.
Buckland-tout-Saints is particularly lovely – and wonderfully quiet – in the mornings so after a good night’s sleep maybe it’s time for another walk?"
"If any hotel bears out my maxim that the more remote the destination the better the food must be, then Buckland Tout Saints is the ultimate test. The hotel challenges any belief you may still have in your GPS. As General Manager Mike Hall says, “You drive down one country lane after another, each one narrower than the last and then, just when you think you’re completely lost, there we are!”
Buckland Tout Saints is a mansion on a low hill, two storeys high at the front and three – or more – at the back as it looks down over groves of rhododendrons and garden terraces.
The house was built in the seventeenth century as a typical, rather grand three-sided manor house. In last years of the nineteenth century it was given a major makeover that created a fourth side, blocking off the old courtyard, as had been done at Buckingham Palace in 1847.
This radical refurbishment involved the installation of pew panelling taken from St Martin’s Church, Carfax in Oxford which was used to decorate the stairs and smoking room (now a delightful old bar). Ironically the Victorian’s demolition of Carfax Church – an act intended to make traffic able to pass more freely along Cornmarket and Queen Street -- was ultimately rendered unnecessary as both streets have recently been pedestrianised. Nevertheless the hotel bar looks good with all that ancient wood panelling and if you take the door marked Gents you’ll come across some rather wonderful Victorian WCs including one with an iron cistern labelled The “Speedwell” by its London manufacturer. Less private rooms on the ground floor include the beautiful Queen Anne dining room, panelled in Russian pine behind which were discovered a tranche of family portraits in oils that had been inexplicably hidden. These serious-looking mid-Victorians (probably former owners) now line the walls of the dining room. The mansion has been a hotel since 1956 and has established a good reputation for food. The menu includes Dartmouth crab and local venison, scallops from Start Bay (seven miles away), duck from Sladesdown Farm (18 miles away) and excellent Sparkling Brut from Gusbourne in Kent. Indeed the wine list is extensive for a four-star property.
Definitely a hotel worth visiting. But make sure your GPS is well charged beforehand."
Information on Buckland Tout-Saints hotel , Goveton , Kingsbridge
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 9 Classic Doubles, 5 Superior Doubles, 2 Master Suites
|Room rates guide:||
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Solo, Visa
When Closed: last 2 weeks in January
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome (under strict supervision)
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (£15 per dog, per night)
Romantic Details: honeymoon suite, romantic setting, peaceful haven
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Accreditation: Part of the Eden Hotel Collection, AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 – 2015. Best Customer Service Winner - South Devon Excellence Awards 2010/2011
Colour TV, telephone, Free Wi-Fi internet access, Luxury toiletries
Gardens and grounds, Doomsday Book dovecote, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 4 function rooms, Conference and meeting facilities, Car parking, Heli-pad
Board games, card games, reading
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Boules, Croquet lawn, Giant Jenga, Bike riding
Golf, Beaches, Sailing, Fishing, Shopping, National Trust properties
|Local directions:||North of Kingsbridge on the A381. Follow the brown tourism signs to Buckland-Tout-Saints.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Plymouth (22 miles)
Exeter (40 miles) , Bristol
Totnes (9 miles)
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Mon 23 May 2016 – Thu 30 Apr 2020
Relax at Buckland for a Romantic two-night breakaway. Includes a 2-course dinner and breakfast on both days. Treat your loved one to this romantic escape where a complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolates awaits you.
Master Suite: £479.00
Superior Room: £399.00
£20.00 per night for Friday & Saturday bookings
Excludes Xmas/New Year/Valentines week.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-86178
Mon 23 May 2016 – Sat 30 Nov 2019
Start your weekend with a cream tea & glass of bubbly on arrival at Buckland Tout-Saints and a two course dinner in the evening.
Classic room - £169.00 per room per night
Upgrades into Superior rooms and Master Suites available
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“Keep Calm + Pretend It’s Not Monday”
Mon 12 Sep 2016 – Sat 30 Nov 2019
Join us in Classic Double Room and enjoy a delicious 2 course dinner in the evening, a full English breakfast the following morning and a late 1pm check-out. Why not book for lunch too!
£139.00 per night
Room upgrades available into a Superior Room or Master Suite
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New Year’s Eve Break
Wed 31 Jul 2019 – Mon 30 Dec 2019
2 night package from £385 per person based on two people sharing
3 night package from £465 per person based on two people sharing
Arrive 31st December
Seven course gala dinner on New Year’s Eve, live music and firework display
Three Course dinner on New Year’s Day.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96573
The Christmas Experience
Wed 31 Jul 2019 – Sun 22 Dec 2019
3 night package from £495 per person based on two people sharing
4 night package from £575 per person based on two people sharing
Arrive 23rd December
Cream tea on arrival, followed by dinner in the evening
Gourmet dinner on Christmas Eve
Christmas Day lunch and evening Buffett
Dinner on Boxing night.
- Offer Code: BRITAINS-FINEST-96572
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